The MG4x2 lives up to its claim of being the ultimate crossover shoe. It takes a lot of the best bits of the brand’s MG4+ golf shoe and then really turns up the fashion dial.
Striking looks on and off the course
No discernible lack of grip compared to spiked models
Numerous colour options
Can be difficult to match with the right trousers
Hard work to keep the heavily textured areas looking clean
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G/FORE Mg4x2 Shoe Review
Our verdict on why the G/FORE MG4x2 shoe was selected for Editor's Choice 2022
As something of a golf shoe nut (I own over 40 pairs), I’ve tested my fair share of different models over the years, and I always have half an eye on what’s new in this area of the market. One brand in particular has been hard to ignore of late.
G/FORE is a relative newcomer with tons of style and attitude to help you stand out from the crowd. We’ve seen this with models like the Gallivanter and MG4+, and the brand’s flair is evident once again in the new spikeless MG4x2 shoes. It’s not just the obvious things, everything from the box the shoes come in, to the ‘RESPECT MY BALL FLIGHT’ text on the sole, exudes a style and attitude.
This is a cross-trainer shoe, a multi-functional model designed for both on and off the course. A lot of golf shoes struggle to find the balance between on and off course versatility; many end up failing on one or sometimes both tasks with either the style or performance being compromised. Not so with the MG4x2 shoes.
On course, the Sawtooth sole design offers one of the most compelling spikeless outsoles on the market even in wet and soft underfoot conditions. I’ve played in these a fair bit during the winter months and at no point did I find myself wishing I’d worn a spiked model.
They also feature a moulded heel cup that prevents the heel from slipping, so your feet always feel really secure. Meanwhile, the upper is both breathable and waterproof, meaning your feet will stay dry from rain and not get too hot when temperatures rise.
What I would say is that long term it could prove hard work to keep the highly textured areas that gives this shoe such standout (upper, heel and outsole) really clean, especially on the styles that are predominantly white.
Off course, it looks like a genuine, premium fashion trainer. It’s got the on-trend chunky sole and a stylish upper design that offers something different to anything else on the market. What is also unique about the MG4x2 shoe is the insole. Firstly, it’s removable and washable, which is a massive bonus that will only help prolong the lifespan on these shoes.
Secondly, the insole is uniquely designed to massage your foot as you walk – you truly have to experience the sensation of walking in a G/FORE shoe to understand the comfort on offer.
Unless you were a golfer who knew the G/FORE brand, you wouldn't know it was a 'golf shoe'. These shoes are about as far away from a traditional pair as you can get, and for that reason they’re not going to appeal to everyone. However, if you are looking for something bolder, G/FORE’s MG4x2 golf shoes certainly tick that box.
There are numerous colour options to choose from and plenty of choice within the men’s and women’s range. The only difficulty you may have is finding a pair of trousers that looks right with them. They do, however, look particularly good with shorts. Bring on the sunshine!
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Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history overseeing the brand until July 2023. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.
Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
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